“Magic Mike” may be one of the most anticipated summer flicks of the season, but that doesn’t mean that every critic is fawning over Channing Tatum’s
abs movie. Even though the male stripper film, directed by Steven Soderbergh, boasts an impressive 79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Rolling Stone wasn’t quite ready to make it rain for “Magic Mike.”
“Worse, the film develops a virtuous squint that starts tsk-tsking everything that was first shown as a fleshy amusement park,” writes film critic Peter Tavers. “It turns out that the sex, drugs and rock & roll lifestyle is really bad for these guys, especially The Kid. Magic Mike slowly degenerates into a simplistic cautionary fable.”
Of course, if male strippers aren’t your cup of tea, then you can always check out “People Like Us,” starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks. However, The Boston Herald warns, “It’s not easy to like ‘People Like Us,'” before adding, “It’s a bit of a mess.”
Over in TV land, two new FX shows — Charlie Sheen’s “Anger Management” and Russell Brand’s “Brand X” — received some very maligned reviews from TV critics.
But can these harsh critiques all be right? Or is the current heat wave to blame for these cranky comments? Regardless, we think everyone could use a few minutes alone with a bongo drum; it’s obviously time to beat out all of that built-up tension. It worked for Matthew McConaughey!
Let us know what you think of this week’s critical roundup below.